Golf is an interesting beast to tackle. The sport prides itself on integrity and a sort of refinement, unlike any other game. Golf has tried to make strides in keeping up with the changing world around it, but it becomes difficult when announcements like this are made.
The LPGA has announced that it will be enforcing stricter dress codes for LPGA players.
According to Golf Digest, players were sent an email on July 2, where LPGA Player President Vicki Goetze-Ackerman outlined a list of items that will no longer be allowed on Tour. The email was marked as “important” and had a subject line that read, “Updated Policy to begin in Toledo.” Here’s the new dress code as it appeared in the email:
Heather Daly-Donofrio, the tour’s chief communications and tour operations officer, offered the following statement when Golf Digest reached out for a comment on the situation:
“The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game. While we typically evaluate our policies at the end of the year, based on input from our players, we recently made some minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing fashion trends. The specifics of the policy have been shared directly with the members.”
So you decided to make the announcement during a Major? That makes sense.. not. You’re putting extra stress on these women that are playing in one of the most important tournaments of the season. Sure, it doesn’t go into affect until Toledo, but now players will have to think about reaching out to their sponsors and rethink their wardrobe, which seems archaic in this day and age.
Daly-Donofrio said they are “address[ing] some changing fashion trends” but they are moving backwards instead of forwards. These trends are only a good thing for the LPGA, especially with players like Wie sporting them in, what seemed like, professional ways.
The only kind of person who would ask for a stricter dress code would be an older man looking at their screen and being offended by a woman’s shoulders being exposed or their skirt being too short. If a professional female golfer bends over to pick up her ball, no other woman would be offended by her shorts underneath her skirt showing. That’s what the shorts are for. And most younger men would love that.
It’s understandable to want collars on shirts, instead of athletic wear, inside the ropes. That is tradition, but to stifle trends that could otherwise grow the game, seems unfair to the players. And joggers? Doesn’t Rickie Fowler wear those on the PGA Tour? They’re pants for pete’s sake, with a little scrunch on the bottom.
Anyways, the LPGA is taking a few steps backwards with this announcement. It’ll be interesting to see how it unfolds in the coming tournaments/seasons.